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9/11 Families Protest at White House, Ask Obama to Sign Bill Allowing Them to Sue Saudi Arabia

Relatives of people who died in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks picketed the White House on Tuesday demanding that President Barack Obama sign a bill that passed both chambers of Congress without opposition.

The White House says Obama intends to veto the bill, which would allow Americans to sue foreign countries including Saudi Arabia for alleged connection to terrorist attacks by greatly expanding a current exception to lawsuit-blocking sovereign immunity.

Obama has until Friday to make his decision final on the bill, and family members and supporters hoped to change his mind, though they chanted that they expect lawmakers to override the veto if one comes — a potential first for the Obama presidency.

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